Since all IIT graduate theses should be presented in an acceptable form according to the rules and standards established in IIT Thesis Manual, it is suggested that all students read it carefully before starting to format their thesis.
Thesis Manual (PDF) (Updated 5/2010)
A sample thesis (PDF) (Updated 9/2005) is available for download. This thesis was created using LaTeX.
University Microfilm Agreement Form (for Ph.D. candidates only).
In addition to your thesis, two abstract copies are also required to be submitted for entry into the library's information database. Click on abstract.dot to download a Microsoft Word template which may be used for preparing the additional abstract forms.
Instructions are also available below, to write and format your thesis using LaTeX or Microsoft Word.
For information or questions regarding the binding or distribution of the original three copies, contact Liana Khananashvili, Head of Technical Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (312) 567-6875.
Writing Your Thesis Using LaTeX or MS Word
Your Thesis with LaTeX
Students are encouraged to use LaTeX rather than MS Word for creating their thesis because of the additional versatile facilities it provides, e.g. automatic indexing, citation numbering, bibliography, etc. For students with no experience using LaTeX, we provide The “Your Thesis with LaTeX in 6 Steps” package. This package contains all major information that a student might require while preparing his/her thesis using LaTeX.
Read "Your Thesis with LaTeX in 6 Steps" (html)
Your Thesis with MS Word
Add iitthesis.dot template to your MS Word templates
If you decide to write your thesis using MS Word, you must first add the iitthesis template to the Microsoft Word templates. To do this, the iitthesis2.dot template file should be saved on your hard disk under the templates folder available at:
Documents and settings\’your username’ \Application data\Microsoft\templates\
In this way, MS Word will add it to its general templates. Note that this folder is a hidden one and you should activate Show hidden files and folders in your explorer folder options to see it. If this is done correctly, a template icon with the iitthesis name will appear in the File/New window under the General tab. Simply select iitthesis and open a new document.
iitthesis MS Word Template
iitthesis.dot template provides a basic thesis layout, which meets the IIT thesis manual requirement. It consists of the following parts:
- Cover page
- Table of Contents
- List of Tables
- List of Figures
- List of Symbols
- 5 Chapters each having 3 sections. (You may delete chapter and sections or add extra ones in case your thesis has a different number of chapters and sections).
In addition, one sample figure as well as one sample table with the relevant sub notes are provided. The template is made using MS Word fields. Each field can be selected by clicking on it and you may then begin entering text.
Style Elements Template
This template has defined several style elements for Microsoft Word. You can cut-and-paste one- or two-line figure titles and table titles and insert columns and rows as needed to formatted tables.
This template only provides a basic layout of what is required (i.e. contrary to the LaTeX template, it is not “intelligent” enough to automatically number pages, figures and tables, or create a bibliography). Therefore, all of the following should be done manually:
- Number pages, tables and figures, and their related numbers in the Table of Contents page
- Provide bibliography parts and the relevant citations
- Revise the above items if any related changes are made (e.g. a figure/table/page is added or deleted)